July 29, 2014
A new longitudinal study of the microbiome from researchers at Harvard and MIT demonstrates how the ubiquity of a smartphone enables research that would have been much more difficult previously. In the study, two patients tracked a number of health factors on an iPhone app for a year and also took stool samples almost every day. Researchers analyzed the bacteria in the stool samples alongside the...
July 17, 2014
When it comes to tech partnerships, it's hard to imagine one more hard-hitting than Apple and IBM, two companies who announced this week that they would be collaborating on enterprise software for iPhones and iPads. Apple is also rolling out a new customer service and support offering specifically for enterprise customers.
"The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done,...
December 4, 2013
Specialist consultations via smartphone are most effective when they make use of not only speech, but annotated images, according to a clinical trial recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
In a randomized trial of 42 Swiss medical students, all participants were given a hypothetical case of a patient in need of hand surgery. They all prepared by looking at an X-ray image...
May 30, 2013
Polar, the longtime makers of heartrate-monitoring watches and chest straps, has launched a Bluetooth Smart-enabled, iPhone-connected activity tracker. The Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart is a small device that clips to the shoe and tracks stride-length, speed, running cadence, and distance.
Activity tracker maker Fitbit notably uses Bluetooth Smart in its devices, but while Fitbit is geared...
April 2, 2013
New York-Presbyterian Hospital has big plans for PatientTouch, a platform from San Diego-based PatientSafe Solutions, to help mobilize its electronic health record, improve communication among clinicians, coordinate care and close the loop in medication ordering and administration.
It is a huge undertaking for sure, given that NYP actually includes four hospitals in Manhattan and one in suburban...
July 16, 2012
Another study has come along to support the iPhone as a reliable tool for remotely reviewing medical images and assessing patients when a standard workstation is not available. This time, the Apple smartphone is proving its mettle in ophthalmology.
In an article appearing in the July issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, researchers from Emory University in Atlanta studied images from 350...
August 22, 2011
BIO-key International, a biometric identification software developer, announced this week the acquisition of S.I.C. Biometrics, a Montreal-based manufacturer of a biometric fingerprint reader that connects to iOS devices. A Canadian hospital is now using the biometric scanner as a replacement for inputting passwords in enterprise applications, with their order for the devices totaling $1.5...
July 6, 2010
By the end of this year, the total market for handheld devices in healthcare will reach $8.8 billion, according to a new report from Kalorama Information. The market is expected to grow 7 percent , the firm's recent report: "Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors, & Scanners" predicts.
Total sales for patient monitoring tools hit $5.3 billion last...
June 23, 2010
By David Doherty, Business Development, 3G Doctor
Rob Havasy, a Business Analyst and mHealth Strategist at the Center for Connected Health, has posted a somewhat confusing article entitled “The Uncertain Price of mHealth."
The basic premise is that the move from flat rate unlimited data to tiered data plans is something that “will surely impact smartphone use in mHealth.”
The article goes on to...
June 23, 2010
By Rob Havasy (@rob_havasy), Business Analyst and mHealth Strategist at the Center for Connected Health
Recent announcements about smartphone data plan pricing by AT&T and Verizon have the Internet and the mHealth world buzzing. Both companies have announced a move away from flat-rate, unlimited data plans in favor of tiered data plans where users are charged for amounts of data used above a...